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Bob Weir Live at Gathering of the Vibes on 2012-07-20

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Bob Weir Live at Gathering of the Vibes on 2012-07-20

Disc 1 - 1 Set
01 Monkey Business
02 Dark Star
03 Chicago Blues Jam
04 King of the Hill
05 Big Boss Man
06 Might as Well Be Me
07 Me and My Uncle >
08 Mexicali Blues
09 Standing on the Moon >
10 The Other One
11 Playing in the Band

Collection BobWeir
Band/Artist Bob Weir
Venue Gathering of the Vibes
Location Bridgeport, Ct

Source AKG ck1x(DIN,OTS) > Naiant Tiny Box > Sony PCM M-10 (24/44.1)
Lineage Wave > Sound Fprge Pro 10.0(Fade,Track,Resample 16bit) > TLH > Flac
Taped by Ted Gakidis
Transferred by Ted Gakidis


Bruce Hornsby - Keys, Vocals
Bob Weir - Guitar, Vocals
Branford Marsalis
Jay Lane - Drums


Reviewer: GuinnessGoon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 29, 2014
Subject: This was Bruce&NM w/Bobby & Branford
Uh yeah folks complaining about this band...well it wasn't Bobby's band it is Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers. Bruce normally doesn't like turning his band into a GD cover band but sorta had to this night as Bobby doesn't know enough of Bruce's material as this was Bruce's show with special guests Bob Weir and Branford Marsalis.
The Noisemakers had never played most of the GD tunes they did this night before and they did pull it off with the exception of some of the whining from the peanut gallery who must hear the same fucking GD songs over and over again.
Bruce is the man and his band did a nice job playing with Branford and Bobby...even if Bobby was sorta out of it this night, they still did a nice job.
Reviewer: martinzimmer13 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2012
no complaints. surely: a combination of musicians that more or less never played together needs a little until everything fits.

if you follow an item on the archive you have to know it's live. at a live concert things happen that are washed away in studio. that's why there are studio recordings and live happenings.

so what?

let's dub it 'refreshing', what's happening here. to me as a non-visitor-only-listener it sounds funny. not perfect. the set needs a little to catch fire, but there IS something in it.

to me as a long time follower of the LAMA it seemed questionable the worth listening to the 2563144th version of M+MU - but surprisingly it WAS worth it! and the brandnew tune needed 3 repeats in a row to find the way through the windings of my ears - but it finally succeeded (even though i'll need a few good turns more to REALLY understand all the twists and hooks).

even the not-working of TOO and unfamiliarity of this arrangement of PITB, the only partial jazzy throw-ins of mr marsalis' sax, the non-homogenous approach of it all - aren't surprises we want, but in comfortable doses, so we are surprised AND convened with familiar things?

did you know that this kind of complaining usually is called the "German disease" (yammering even when there's nothing to yammer about) - and now one of these Germans has to come and tell how funny and joy bringing and colourful this set is?
'art pour l'art', as the french say.

come on. take it as it is.
Reviewer: squirrel99 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 9, 2012
Subject: Hornsby & Friends
Some fun!!! A new take for a new summer. Why complain? The music hasn't stopped yet!
Reviewer: jjf47 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 7, 2012
Subject: Bob Weir & Vibes from the Past
A little New Orleans jazzy beat to "Me & My Uncle," with a swing beat to "Mexicali Blues."

I don't know what monkeyman27 is talking about. He says he's 62 as if that's some sort of PhD in Dead Phil-loss-id-pee. Who's he kidding? Big Deal! I'll be 65 in a couple of months. I used to see the Dead back in the 60s at the Fillmore and Avalon ballrooms, and Winterland, with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe & the Fish, Jefferson Airplane, even the Charlatans, for Christ's sake! And I've been through all the ups and downs of those days, too. But, still, Big Deal!

Even DylanM with his analysis "seems like Bobby wanted to pull together an awesome project but they didn't really put too much thought into what they were going to play, or how they were going to play it."

What does that supposed to meant? Is that supposed to be a surprise for anybody who knows the Dead? To me, that's cool!!! It's called improv, my man! Improv used to be where it was at back in the those days before all the bands got structured and put out what the fans wanted to hear instead of what they wanted to do.

Me? I liked the improv of "Dark Star" and "The Other One" it reminded me of John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler and the rest of the jazz greats back then. Even the "slowed tempo" of "Standing on the Moon" made me think of Jerry and some of his "slow" jams on it.

When Bobby stumbled on the last verse in the last part of "the Other One" and purportedly "has lost it" and is an "embarrassment" on the last legs of the last Further tour that Phil should "pull the plug" on it, I'm supposing none of us has ever messed up on anything before? It must be wonderful being as perfect as we are!

I think we should be thankful to God they're still playing and not on the other side of the ground like Pig and Jerry and enjoy them while we can! They ain't going to be around forever! Maybe you negative freaks will be happy then? Because I have no doubt that life being what life is they'll eventually end up stopping all tours once the end hits them and they join Pig and Jerry again.

If the event had a low moment for me, it was the new song penned with Robert Hunter, "Might as well be Me" - it sounded like some old Kenny Rankin number back in the '70s. Whether that's good or not I'll leave to those with a PhD in Dead history. To me, it was the song I thought was the least enjoyable of the bunch.

Other than that low point, keep up the good work Bobby! I hope you guys are around for a long time to come!
Reviewer: grateful greensky - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2012
Subject: Ease up Odessa
this show was fun to witness both Bruce and Bob have been on the road so really practicing what they were gonna do didn't happen. but the level of talent on that stage mad most of this really fun there was the other one mishap were the band just could not get the coming around part of of the song for whatever reason a true Highlite was the newly penned Robert Hunter song Might as well be me that Hunter Faxed to Bruce New Years day is Good king of the hill and big boss man were uptempo and had me dancing with a big ol' smile but uncle and mexicali were bad choices for this outfit.SOTM probably the best played GD tune this afternoon.I guess if you were not there or only wanted to hear tightly composed GD songs it was a little let down, but for me I am Grateful I was able to feel Grate for being able to watch these long time friends share the stage again for two shows only
Reviewer: monkeyman27 - favorite - July 31, 2012
Subject: how can I say this without sounding like....
a whining old Head???

I'm 62 years old, saw my first show @ Winterland in the early 70's and have seen hundreds of shows from multiple combinations of members of the Grateful Dead.

Bob Weir has lost it people. This show was a joke and quite frankly the second half of the Furthur tour bordered on embarrassing.

The fact is he now reads the lyrics from an IPad ( he can't remember the words to Playin????) and has slowed the tempo down on most songs to a crawl.

I believe fill is going to pull the plug on Furthur and I suppose Bobby will continue out on his solo act, but my God people let's stop sugar coating it.....he's NOT 1/4 what he used to be and we all need to let the kids carry the torch.
Reviewer: Dylan M - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2012
Subject: uneven performance, excellent recording
Hey Condo Kid...
since you asked so abrasively "who the f is this dylan m?" I'll let you in.

I am a writer who has been contributing to the internet archive and other outside publications for nearly a decade. It seems you only have two comments on this website to your credit, for Vibes P&F and the Bob Weir performance, both where you blast me for having an opinion for shows I was stage-side at photographing. You are out of line for telling me to "lighten up and enjoy" when you are obviously the one that needs to lighten up for getting so up-in-arms about my OPINION. Remember that, its an OPINION. You are allowed to disagree. Stop being such a "Phil can do no wrong" cheese-ball and get your own OPINION.

Now, heres my original review:

Thanks to the taper for putting this up. Great job. Sounds even and not too trebly.

That being said, I kind of agree with the skeptical previous reviews. I was there too. Photographing stageside for the first three songs. The performance had so much potential, with Branford guesting with them. Instead they just seemed to play an assortment of popular Dead songs and random covers. What about jazz songs to let Branford come to the front of the mix?

Jay Lane's three song appearance was surprising and cool. Standing on the Moon WAS the highlight. I really wish that both Bobby and Phil had rehearsed their sets more for this gig. Also a little group interaction between both bands would have been way cooler than Phil's sons and Jackie Greene (snnoooozzzeee). Seems like Bobby wanted to pull together an awesome project but they didn't really put too much thought into what they were going to play, or how they were going to play it.

Like many events in Grateful Dead history, notable more for historical posterity rather than performance quality.

5 stars for the recording
3 stars for the performance

Check out my photos from the show from the link's below:
Reviewer: Yossarian08 - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2012
Subject: hmm
This sounds like a jazz-psych supergroup... but they end up playing deflated cowboy tunes. Bummer.
Reviewer: thecondokid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 26, 2012
Subject: who the f is this dylan m
blasting phil's boys again ? community ? if your organ donor card is signed(not wishing you harm) i hope the good in you is passed on to a recipient. lighten up and enjoy.
Reviewer: JDSept - favoritefavorite - July 24, 2012
Subject: Let Down
Had high hopes but they just didn't seem to click. In defense of them, not having played together as this unit very much, perhaps they will greatly improve.
Reviewer: lennyb87 - favoritefavorite - July 23, 2012
Subject: A disappointment
I had high hopes for this set (I was there), but ultimately it was disappointing. Bob appeared lost on the non-Dead songs, and Hornsby seemed to be trying hard to conduct the show and not have it fall apart. Tempos for the cowboy songs were way too slow. The Other One is a total mess. Dark Star was a snoozer. SOTM was a highlight.

Great taping job by Ted, but despite the excellent caliber musicianship, musically it didn't happen for me.
Reviewer: Little Hank - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2012
Subject: Vibes 2012
Lousy weather - great show!! these guys were really having fun - and added band members to go from a three piece "Monkee Business", to a full blown Playing in the Band. Entire Vibes crowd on their feet.
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